Elise Rapoza Senior Research Associate, MassINC

Elise Rapoza is MassINC’s senior research associate. Under the supervision of the research director, Elise assists with the execution of policy studies on a variety of topics of importance to the residents and organizations of the Commonwealth. With dual master’s degrees in statistics and public policy analysis, her expertise lies in research methodology and advanced analytical techniques. She has authored many reports informing state-level policymaking, including analyses of emerging industries, clean technology, housing, and workforce development.

Prior to joining MassINC, Elise was the ARPA Director for the City of New Bedford, helping to navigate the regulatory and public engagement aspects of deploying $83 million of federal COVID relief funding and managing staff and consultants across several city departments. Before then, she spent seven years in policy research, first for the John Adams Innovation Institute of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and later as the Senior Research Associate at UMass Dartmouth’s Public Policy Center.

Elise completed her master’s degrees at Oregon State University and was a Commonwealth Scholar at UMass Dartmouth, completing a bachelor’s degree in “Quantitative Public Policy Analysis” (a customized multidisciplinary track) and graduating summa cum laude. She resides in New Bedford.

ARTICLES By Elise Rapoza

District Management for Downtown Vitality

Ingredients and Recipes for Success

Commercial districts need a high volume of foot traffic to support thriving small businesses. Supplemental district management services can dramatically increase this pedestrian activity. In recent years, there has been widespread interest in forming district management organizations (DMOs) to provide these services in all types of communities throughout the commonwealth. By unpacking the toolset Massachusetts

Community Capital for Small Businesses

A Study of the CDFI and CDC Ecosystem in Massachusetts

Prepared in partnership with P2 Advisors, this new study explores small business lending services provided by federally certified Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) and state certified Community Development Corporations (CDCs). Through a survey of 22 CDFIs and CDCs, we find these organizations doubled capital deployment to Massachusetts’ underserved small business with federal recovery funds. However,

Housing for All

Forward-Looking Strategies for a Growing New Bedford

This report exposes the impact of the statewide housing shortage on Gateway Cities with an in-depth examination of New Bedford’s residential market. Produced in partnership with the Regeneration Project, the analysis pinpoints the forces contributing to rapid cost increases and explores the impact of rising housing prices on the local and regional economy. Detailed estimates

Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts

A Five-Year Progress Assessment

Produced in partnership with Boston Indicators, this report is the first systematic look at the impact of two landmark criminal justice reform laws passed in 2018. While the COVID-19 pandemic and data quality issues complicate the analysis, the report presents strong suggestive evidence that these laws led to significant reductions in incarceration without undermining public

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